Texas Sen. John Cornyn, accusing the White House of compiling an "enemies list," has asked President Barack Obama to stop an effort to collect "fishy" information Americans see about a health care overhaul.It is not the White House's or the government's job to ask citizens to turn in "fishy" information. The White House has an operation to put out its information and data and so does the other side. This is politics and one side's "truth" is another sides "fishy" information.
Cornyn, who leads the Republicans' Senate campaign effort, said Wednesday in a letter to Obama that he's concerned that citizen engagement on the issue could be "chilled." He also expressed alarm that the White House could end up collecting electronic information on its critics.
"I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward e-mails critical of his policies to the White House," Cornyn wrote.
Cornyn was responding to a post on the White House's blog Wednesday in which users are asked to help stop the spread of disinformation about legislation to overhaul health insurance. The post offers an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for users to forward anything "on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy."
The White House said the post was merely designed to fight "intentionally misleading" information in the health care debate.
"We want to be sure people have the facts about health insurance reform that will lower costs, protect consumers from insurance regulations that deny them coverage and assure quality and affordable health care for all Americans," said Adam Abrams, a White House spokesman. He said no lists or sources of the information would be compiled.
No list will be made of sources? Really, do you honestly believe that? I wouldn't be surprised to see a list of websites where supposedly "fishy" information is posted.
So I am telling the White House right now, you might as well put this site on your list because I will have no problem putting information up that I think is true, accurate and quite possible contrary to the White House "information."